So. I helped Glitzy pack up her things and we moved to a house she had ‘acquired’ in Snohomish. As soon as I saw it, I felt at home there. It’s not all that big, but more than enough for one or two persons and deep in the woods. I didn’t even know how much I had missed nature until then.
There’s a ton of work to be done and the first thing we did was to fumigate the house, the mattress seemed capable of walking away and I don’t even want to know what was hiding in the woodwork. While the bug bombs did their work, we drove to the warehouse where the Rat’s Nest people would be holding their council of war. Since Growler so elegantly dropped the job of leading into my lap, I would be the one to chair the meeting and I had a serious case of stage fright.
It went fairly well, all things considered. We came up with a good amount of money that will pay the debts we have and will help with rebuilding the nest, but it’s nowhere near enough. So we need money and that’s where the new Radio Shack that was to be opened today came in. Saphira had contact to someone willing to pay a fair amount of money for us to rob the store and what made the offer even more attractive was that we could get a lot of things we would be needing at the Nest.
Splash hacked into the security system, rerouted all the alarms and opened the doors for us. There also was a night-watchman, but he proved even less of a problem than we’d thought. When Splash changed the door codes, he got locked into the security room and since she looped the cameras, he never even noticed anything wrong.
With four trucks and twenty people, we were in and out of there in under half an hour and as far as I know, we never triggered an alarm. But when we left, we could hear sirens coming towards us, so something or someone had tipped Hard Corps off. Before we could panic too much, there was a huge explosion and gunfire, someone was clearly attacking the cops. We took that as our cue to leave quietly and drive, well within speed limits, to the storage facilities we had arranged earlier.
Watching the news, we found out that there had been a well-planned attack on the security forces, with quite a few casualties. So the stuff we stole is way too hot to sell or keep, we’d be asking for trouble. Fortunately, we came to an agreement with the Johnson to sell him the stuff and we’ll be able to buy what we need at a very low price.
We’ve been pawns in the conflict between Knight Errant and Petrovski Security yet again, I guess. Someone wanted to fuck with Knight Errant at least and a robbery directly under their noses definitely doesn’t make them look too good. Anyway, we need to be careful that we don’t get hurt badly by that game.
And speaking of badly hurt: we tried to get our hands on the Hard Corps guns that people stole from the cops back at the Nest. Seven are accounted for, but three are missing and may well have been sold to the Picas. If that turns out to be true, we may have a problem on our hands when we try to retake the Nest.